We live in crazy times.
An innocuous email from Yale offends students who need safe space, and the university found itself caught between irate students and an irate reaction on social media. At the University of Missouri, a protest about racism evolved into a bully of a professor being outed – and she may have singlehandedly diverted national attention away. The positive thing about both of these situations is that people are beginning to take a close look at what passes for a university education these days. (Did you know you could major in English Literature at UCLA, with no requirement to take a course in Shakespeare? Details in the video below.)
And still, beautiful photography. And poetry. And reflections on faith. And the story of a Muslim refugee in Amish country.
What lies within the seed – Susan Jones.
Mist on the Prairie – Tim Good at Arts by Tiwago.
Husbandry in Harvest – Jack Baumgartner at The School of the Transfer of Energy.
Delta Blues – Ari Gabel at Oxford American.
Aye of the Beholder – Brendan MacOdrum at Oran’s Well.
Bernard of Clairvaux – D.S. Martin at Kingdom Poets.
Encounter – Loren Paulssen at World Narratives.
Law of Averages – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.
10 Secrets from the Weird World of Writers – Leslie Leyland Fields.
Why are our favorite detectives so fatally flawed? – Janet Brons at Strand Magazine.
Stuck in the Middle – Ann Kroeker.
Writers' turnoffs: First of all, we don't like to be called "content producers" – Dave Murray at Writing Boots.
Moral Absolutes Are Essential to Good Storytelling – Mike Duran at deCompose.
Life and Culture
A Thin-Skinned Minority is Ruining This Nation – Mike Adams at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.
The Tyranny of Social Justice Warriors and The Establishment’s ‘Pain’ – Rod Dreher at The American Conservative.
A Muslim Refugee in Amish Country – Miriam’s Story – Shawn Smucker.
Supporting My Mizzou Students – Thom Lambert, University of Missouri Law School.
The Place in the Woods – Winn Collier.
Committing to Real Progress – Mick Silva.
Bible Out Loud – Monica Sharman at Know-Love-Obey God.
Let Love Prevail over Religion – Amanda Hill and Hill + Pen.
The Labyrinth – Doug Spurling at Spurling Silver.
Who Killed the Liberal Arts?
Photograph: Bridge of Sighs at Cambridge University by Anna Langova via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.